Reminder–Bar Luncheon Wednesday, March 8th

Dear Bar Members,

Here’s a reminder that we have a great program set for next Wednesday’s Bar Luncheon. We’ll hear from Julie Klipp Nicholson, Buncombe County Family Justice Center Coordinator, and Sheriff Van Duncan. Following a national best-practice model, the Buncombe County Family Justice Center is one safe place that allows victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to access a range of government and community services under one roof. Learn more about this new program that is working to build a resilient community free from domestic and sexual violence.

The luncheon takes place at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street in downtown Asheville. This month’s luncheon will be upstairs!!  Lunch is free for members and $20 for guests, and no RSVP is required.  We have room for 90 people to eat lunch, but the members are always invited to join us for the meeting.

Todd Williams, District Attorney: Todd was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. and was educated in N.C public schools. He graduated high school in Alamance County and went on to enroll at UNC-Chapel Hill. Todd is currently licensed to practice law in the States of New York and North Carolina. Since becoming licensed to practice law, Todd has held employment as an Assistant Capital Defender with the state-wide Office of the North Carolina Capital Defender, served as an Assistant Public Defender in Buncombe County and has also served as Senior Assistant Public Defender in District 29B.

Julie Klipp Nicholson, Coordinator Buncombe County Family Justice Center: Julie graduated from UNC School of Law and earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from UNC School of Social Work in 2006. She earned her degree in Political Science from UNC Asheville. Prior to her work with the Buncombe County Family Justice Center, she was a Managing Attorney at Pisgah Legal Services where she represented victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in civil legal matters, advocated for systemic policy change in issues impacting women and children living in poverty and managed the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Program. She is a member of the Harry C Martin Inn of Court and a recipient of the Gwyneth B Davis Public Service Award.

Van Duncan, Sheriff was born in Spruce Pine, Mitchell County, NC.  He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1982 and attended Western Carolina University, graduated in 1986 with B.S. in Criminal Justice, and graduated from Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University in 1993.  Sheriff Duncan has worked in law enforcement since 1986; he has worked as a Patrolman, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Detective for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.  He was first elected to the Office of Sheriff of Buncombe County in 2006.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday, March 8th, at 12:30, upstairs at The Venue, 21 North Market Street.

Kind regards,

Lisa-Gaye Hall
Bar Administrator